Questions of the Week, January 27th, 2016
Conventions, game length, and if hobbies exist outside of gaming
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This week we posed the crew the questions,
- What is your favorite convention of the year, game or non-game related?
- Would you rather play a 10 hour game, or 10 1 hour games?
- Outside of gaming, what is one other hobby you enjoy and could you make a game about it?
- A group of us get together in a big cabin in Oklahoma every year and call it ST Con. We go hiking and canoeing and play games, and sing by the fire, and make jokes about felon raccoons.
- I'd rather play 10 1 hour games, but each is just a different version of Monopoly.
- Other hobbies? I've been pretty one dimensional for some time now. I want to do more hiking, but that sounds like a boring counter productive game. I want to do more climbing, but I don't know enough about the mechanics of the activity yet to know what a game could look like.
- I attend a small private gathering every year. It lasts a full weekend, and involves so much gaming, but also hiking, and canoeing. It's the best.
- Neither. I'm not interested in a 10 hour game, but I also would not want to play 10 one hour games. I would rather play 2 three hour games, plus 2 two hour games, or some other combination.
- I like doing yoga. I did see that there was a yoga RPG. I think this idea could be expanded upon. My wife teaches yoga, and we thought up something we called adventure yoga, where certain poses represent a certain action, and you must achieve the pose to progress in the adventure. Like a guided spin class, but for yoga.
- I haven't been to too many conventions, so my experience is limited. But my time at GenCon is memorable. Working the booth, meeting fans and people who work in our industry, walking the floor, hanging out with others involved with Plaid Hat Games, seeing new products... it's all pretty amazing!
- I'd rather play ten 1-hour games. I have a hard time keeping interest in a game that runs longer than 2 hours. Unless it's an RPG campaign. I'd be down with a 10-hour RPG session!
- Well, I enjoy video gaming. And I like beverages of an alcoholic nature. And movies... wait, that's three... and are any of those really considered hobbies...? I guess a game could be made about questioning what consumes time in my life. A psychologically abstract resource management and worker placement game, perhaps?
- It has to be GenCon. No other convention can match the energy, the friends, and the memories.
- Ten 1 hour games. Long games can be fun, but I think I would rather learn as many new games as I can during a 10 hour session.
- Daydreaming. It would probably be a game like Dixit, only every image would include me in some weird way.
- Last year was my first GenCon and I don't think GenCon can be beat.
- I'm up for a good 10-hour game, it's hard to put that together so if I had the opportunity I'd take it IF all the other players are serious about it too. Right now a friend and I have a game of Paths of Glory set up in my basement on which we've been playing a couple turns per month; not a bad way to get a long game in. (Not looking good for my entente powers, by the way, the German army just broke through in Europe.)
- Besides being an employee of Plaid Hat Games, I am a biblical scholar in training, and would love to publish a game some day themed around ancient Near Eastern gods (or a fictional world based on that world). It's the one game I've worked on from time to time and maybe someday it will turn into something.
- I havent been to many, but for me Gencon was awesome.
- 10 one hour games.
- Maybe baking, but not sure if it could be turned into a game.
- I'm a huge fan of Gen Con. I used to work at Six Flags and I loved walking around the theme park at night or after hours when all the walkways and rides were quiet except for the music on the park speakers. That's what Gen Con is like, except the thrill rides are waiting in line for FFG releases.
- One 10 hour gaming sessions as long as it was Imperial Assault and as long as we were playing against Alex.
- Frisbee Golf. I could definitely see a dexterity, flick style game with obstacles and baskets to score in... oh man, I should stop giving away all this information and go make a prototype.
- I don't think I've ever been to a convention, but one about taking naps would probably be good. I'm sleepy.
- Eh, depends, but probably 10 1-hour games.
- Reading. A game where everyone just sits in their comfortable places around the living room while staying quiet as they read their newest book. That'd be kind of nice. Victory points can go to whoever is best at shutting the heck up because I'm trying to read here.
Gencon is the show. I love the energy of the con, and I love it from the perspective of working for PHG. I'm freelance, so I get to step in, share in the glory for 4 days, interact with podcast fans, teach a bunch of people super fun games, and I am at energy level 10/10 the whole time. Last year's was the best. I actually got to play games with people. PHG volunteers hung out with us, and I was able to totally wreck Mr. Bistro in some DC Dicemasters and Ashes. I had a blast, especially getting to hang with Bistro 1 on 1 for a bit. I love all the time I get to go to those cons and spend them with my podcast buddies. Gaming with Bistro, and exploring the con with Jerry are some great memories for me.
- I want to play the long one, but I get really invested in that 1 game, and if the stakes are too high, I can see it getting a little intense. My safe answer is to play the 10 shorter games. It lets me enjoy the low-risk with relaxing and avoid stress about the overall payout.
- My hobbies change on a monthly basis, from music, reading, video games, tv binges, slingshots, etc... I don't think it would be a very organized game. That being said, maybe a game set in the Pride and Prejudice days where the ladies of the house were getting themselves more and more hobbies to be the most interesting and well rounded wives to whatever rich guys they could throw themselves at. I'm not saying it was a GOOD practice, but it's a setting that might work for that game. :)
- The one convention I've been to I got really bad food poisoning and was sick the whole time, so gonna go with staying-at-home-con.
- 10 1 hour games for sure.
- Carpentry, but it would make an exceedingly dull game, lots of sanding and waiting for glue to dry.
- Gen Con no doubt.
- I'd rather play 10 1 hour games. Then I can win 10 times.
- Time travel. It'd make a great game, and I do it all the time.
- GenCon. I don't get to do many Cons, and last years GenCon was a blast.
- The length of a game has little to do with my desire to play it. 1 10 hour game, if as enjoyable for those 10 hours, is the same as 10 1 hour. Evasive answer, I know, so I'll say 110 1 hour games, because it is unlikely that any game can be as engaging for a full 10 hours as a game over 1 hour with 10 distinctly different play experiences.
- There are hobbies outside of gaming? I'm an avid reader of fantasy
novels so how about that. A game where you try to connect plot points
flung across a fantasy world. The player that does it in the fewest
amount of pages wins.